With the news that a 19th century fort is up for sale in the Thames, we scoured the country for the abandoned forts perfect for modern would-be piratesMore
Perfect for the pirate looking to commute into London, this seven bedroom fort (built in the 1860s) is on the market for a cool £500,000. Accessible by boat or via a half mile walk at low tide, the fort needs roughly £1 million worth of renovation, but does feature the original gun placements which would be idea for a swimming pool with a view.
A sea fortress built between 1867 – 1880, the No Man's Land Fort is one of four similar structures in the Solent, just 1.6 miles from the Isle Of Wight. The fort was built as a result of the Royal Commission in 1959, drawn up to protect Britain from the fear of French invasion. At the time the cost of construction was £462,500 – around £43 million in today’s prices.
In recent years the fort was used as a luxury home and hospitality centre, with an indoor swimming pool and two helipads, until Legionella bacteria was found in the water system, leading to the hotel’s closure and causing the owner to barricade himself inside the property as KPMG attempted to sell it on. It’s now being refurbished as a hotel.